Justin Timberlake will be opening up about how the Prince tribute during his Super Bowl halftime show came together.
On Sunday’s live episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 37-year-old singer revealed why he made the decision to pay homage to the late singer in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the big show.
“the idea’s a moment for me, if I’m being quite honest, because he’s always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me,” Timberlake revealed. “along with when we decided of which [we were going to do a tribute], like the serendipity along with the synergy of which we might be Minneapolis, along with of which he’s such a special thing here aside through what he will be all over the earth.”
“I just felt like I wanted to do something with This particular city along with something for him of which might just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the G.O.A.T. of musicians,” he continued.
Midway through his 13-minute performance at the Super Bowl, Timberlake made his way over to a white grand piano along with proceeded to sing a virtual duet with Prince on the crooner’s 1984 ballad, “I might Die 4 U.” The cameras also panned outside U.S. Bank Stadium to show the entire downtown area of Minneapolis lit up in purple.
Timberlake admitted of which he was nervous performing a virtual duet with Prince, yet one person’s stamp of approval made the idea all worthwhile.
“along with, also, I’m not going to lie to you guys, because Questlove will be the encyclopedia on music — I feel like a gatekeeper on Prince. [If] I got the thumbs’ up through Quest, I’m not bad,” he said, to which The Roots drummer along with bandleader nodded: “the idea was not bad.”
Timberlake explained how the moment all came together, saying of which they got the original recordings through Prince’s performances, which miraculously lined up to make the performance even possible.
“You have to understand, we got the actual vocal stems through ‘I might Die 4 U’ — the actual recording — along with then we got the uncut type of the idea along with ‘Purple Rain’ along with some way by the grace of Prince looking down on us, the idea synced up,” Timberlake explained. “the idea was like This particular crazy, serendipitous moment. I wanted to use of which opportunity to do something special with This particular city yet also my favorite musician of all time.”
Just hours after taking the Super Bowl halftime stage, Timberlake opened the Tonight Show having a rollicking performance of “Supplies,” switching out his custom Stella McCartney camo-inspired halftime outfit for a casual orange sweatshirt with “Man of the Woods” emblazoned on the sleeve, denim jeans along having a brown beanie. He returned to close out the show with the first live television performance of his duet with Chris Stapleton, “Say Something.”
Amid his Super Bowl preparations, Timberlake also found time to take part in a “#Songversation” sketch with Fallon, where they dad-bonded over their young kids, dished on Riverdale along with marveled over the Nickelodeon kids program PAW Patrol. According to the pals, though the segment was only two minutes long, the idea actually took them two hours to film, along with the blooper reel was nearly seven minutes long.
Timberlake also revealed an onstage secret of which may be surprising to fans. When Fallon brought up of which he held his breath when Timberlake did his mic flip onstage, the singer revealed why he does of which during live performances.
“I’ll be honest, no one knows This particular — of which’s my nervous tick on stage. I flip the microphone,” Timberlake admitted. “I don’t know where I commenced doing of which, yet I haven’t dropped the idea yet.”
The more you know.